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iPhone muggers turn to phishing to access the device

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:01:00 -0500

(image) If your phone was stolen or got lost somewhere, keep an eye out for any suspicious texts or emails: thieves and muggers could have a high-tech trick up their sleeves. A Brazilian woman who got robbed began receiving phishing attempts not long after t...



Draft 5G specs lay the groundwork for a real standard

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:29:00 -0500

(image) With all the hype around early 5G launches and tests, there's one glaring problem: the telecom industry hasn't really defined what 5G is. However, the super-fast wireless is starting to take shape. The International Telecommunication Union has publ...



Six Flags' new VR roller coaster is both breathtaking and broken

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Imagine screaming through deep space, swerving through the wreckage of exploding starships in a high-octane scene plucked straight out of a science fiction movie. Suddenly the universe stops, frozen in time as your body continues to hurl through the...



BlackBerry's KEYone is an exciting return to form

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:54:00 -0500

(image) With a global launch in the works and the hopes of diehards at an all-time high, the pressure was on BlackBerry and TCL to deliver on all that Mercury hype. We can't render an official verdict yet, but my gut tells me they're onto something. Say hell...



BlackBerry's 'Mercury' phone is now the KEYone

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:31:00 -0500

(image) What was once known as the BlackBerry "Mercury" is now the KEYone. (Yeah, I don't like the name either.) At a press conference in Barcelona, TCL -- the new steward of BlackBerry's hardware efforts -- introduced, or rather re-introduced, its first And...



We're live from BlackBerry Mobile's MWC 2017 press conference!

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:55:00 -0500

(image) And so it begins. The first big press conference of MWC 2017 is all about BlackBerry, specifically the so-called "Mercury." We were pretty big fans when we first met the QWERTY keyboard-packing phone at CES, a lot of you were too -- hopefully today's...



Recommended Reading: AI and the future of music

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0500

(image) We Are the Robots: Is the Future of Music Artificial? Jack Needham, FACT Artificial intelligence is invading more of our lives by the day and it's going to work making music as well. FACT takes a look at the use of robots for creative exploits and...



We're live from MWC 2017 in Barcelona!

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) It's the end of February, which means we're back in Barcelona once again. For the next few days, we'll bringing you coverage of Mobile World Congress 2017 as the news breaks here in Spain. BlackBerry kicks things off with a press conference this even...



Our first look at the Nintendo Switch and 'Breath of the Wild'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) The Nintendo Switch is finally here, along with its most anticipated launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We're still putting the new console through its paces, but we've put together a quick preview of the hardware and game to tide...



Get your BlackBerry MWC 2017 liveblog right here

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) It's February, which can mean only one thing: the MWC tanks are rolling into Barcelona. We're expecting to see a lot of new phones and tablets, and the fun starts right here, later today with BlackBerry (via TCL of course). We're expecting to see the...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

(image) Letter from the Editor It's been a banner week for Nintendo fanboys and girls, what with the company's new console finally making its way into reviewers' hands -- and giving Nintendophiles their first extended look at the Switch. Naturally, Engadget...



PSA: That Razer esports sponsorship email is a scam

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0500

(image) So, you stream your gameplays and recently received a lucrative sponsorship offer via email from popular esports platform Team Razer. Exciting, right? Unfortunately, it's nothing but a scam -- that email is actually from a cyber criminal and not a "s...



Apple, other tech giants will support transgender student's case

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:37:00 -0500

(image) Several tech titans plan to sign an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of a 17-year-old transgender student's fight in court, according to Axios. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal, eBay, Airbnb, Box, Yelp, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack and Tumblr...



Security error leaves NY airport servers unprotected for a year

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0500

(image) In this day and age, hacks and subsequent leaks of user data would seemingly shock everyone into keeping their security up to date. Not so for New York's Stewart International Airport, located 60 miles north of Manhattan, which left its server backup...



Twitch will let you change your username every two months

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:38:00 -0500

(image) Starting today, you can change your Twitch username. What's more, you can do it every 60 days, and, seemingly as a shot at Microsoft and Xbox Live, it won't cost you a dime to swap from "FluffyJungle9991" to something a that's easier to commit to mem...



First Unity-built cartoon proves the engine isn't just for games

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:01:00 -0500

(image) As the NBA's eSports league proves, video games are quickly becoming mainstream. Games are having a moment, and so are the tools used to make them. Case in point, the Unity game engine recently reached a big milestone. French animated show Mr. Carton...



Uber's credibility crisis is getting harder to avoid

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:17:00 -0500

(image) The latest ripple effect from recent reports of ingrained sexism within Uber is that the engineer who originally wrote about them now says someone is trying to dig up dirt on her. Susan Fowler tweeted that "Research for the smear campaign has begun,"...



Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:04:00 -0500

(image) Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company's Fremont factory, that mandato...



FCC head puts the brakes on new ISP privacy rules

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:07:00 -0500

(image) In the latest chip at net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission has Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to put a halt to a set of privacy rules designed to shield customers' personal data from internet service providers.



Facebook claims a technical error automatically logged users out

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:06:00 -0500

(image) Were you logged out of Facebook earlier today? You weren't alone. A rash of folks were signed out of their account and some were told that their accounts may have been compromised. As such, the social network locked access and sent out password reset...



Google is shutting down Spaces

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:54:00 -0500

(image) Google's oh-so-brief Spaces experiment didn't even last a year before the company decided to shut it down. According to a note from the Spaces team today, they've made a "tough decision" and the group-sharing social network will lock down in read-onl...



How used cars became a security nightmare

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) Application security for connected cars is far less mature than anyone should be comfortable with. This was clear at the RSA information security conference last week in San Francisco, where two presentations demonstrated different ways cars can be r...



'Halo' will bring back local multiplayer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:11:00 -0500

(image) When I critiqued Halo 5: Guardians, the lack of split-screen co-op was low on my list of gripes with the game. But that's not to say it wasn't a problem. In the lead-up to the 2015 game's release, developer 343 Industries crowed that there were no sa...



Solar-powered drone switches from helicopter to plane mode

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:46:00 -0500

(image) Ever since the wobbly autogyro went out of fashion, engineers have tried designing a craft that gets the vertical lift of a helicopter's blades with the horizontal thrust of a plane is difficult to pull off. Popular successes, like the AV-8 Harrier s...



Sling TV launches new Extra channel bundles

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:00 -0500

(image) It's no secret that Sling wants to overthrow the sluggish cable providers. But as more an more people start cutting the cord, Sling is finding out that some of them aren't quite ready to ditch the channel packages that they're used to. Now, to cover...